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Fan Artist Accused of Racism for Pokemon and Fire Emblem: Three Houses Crossover Fan-Art

A fan artist has been accused of racism for drawing Fire Emblem: Three Houses' Claude as the grass-type simian Pokémon Rillaboom.

Outraged critics have taken vocal offense to a recent piece of Pokémon and Fire Emblem: Three Houses fan art, accusing the artist of racism due to the artist’s choice to depict the grass-type Rillaboom as Claude, the leader of the Golden Deer house.

On January 28th, a fan artist named Kira shared her latest piece of artwork, which depicted the three final evolutions of the starter Pokémon from Pokémon Sword and Shield, Inteleon, Cinderace, and Rillaboom as the Lords of the three houses in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Dimitri, Edelgard, and Claude respectively, in their post-timeskip outfits:

Upon posting her art, Kira’s piece was quickly descended upon by the vocal critics of Twitter who, viewing the piece through social justice theory, declared that Kira was racist for drawing Rillaboom as Claude:

It should be noted that Claude is not ‘black,’ but rather bears deeply tanned skin. While no specific race is given as the genetic background for his initially-white skin, given the game’s country of origin, Claude is most likely based on East Asian peoples.

 

The massive amount of backlash directed took at toll on Kira, as she eventually responded to the backlash by attempting to inform the outraged masses that “I would NEVER have any intentions of being racist..that’s not the kind of person I am.” She also despairingly promised that “it won’t ever happen again.”

However, it appears that her apology was still not satisfactory to her accusers, as they now turned to accuse her of being insincere in her apology, leading Kira to state that the continued vitriol made her “feel like crying.”

Thankfully, following these tweets, Kira received an outpouring of support and understanding across social media throughout the controversy, with many chastising the offended parties for attempting to find racism where none existed:

YouTuber Hero Hei commented on those who took issue with Kira’s artwork describing them as bullies.

Hero Hei explains, “You know, it’s funny, these people are text book bullies. They will bully you, and then when you fight back they will cower down.” He added, “It’s kind of funny. Also very sad and pathetic.”

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